It’s a great time to discover the many tasty and healthy ways you can use soyfoods in your family’s meals and snacks. No one says you have to go vegan, or even vegetarian, but the benefits of a plant-based diet are well documented. And the good news is that improving your diet can be as easy as slipping in an extra serving or two of fruit, veggies, nuts or soy every day.
Why eat (and drink) more plants?
A plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and meat substitutes (like soy) may reduce mortality from heart disease and lower the incidence of high cholesterol and diabetes. Soyfoods are nutrient rich with no cholesterol, less saturated fat and more fiber than animal foods. Packed with high quality protein, soyfoods will keep your family energized and satisfied all day long.
Where do soy foods come from?
All soyfoods begin with the soybean. Soybeans are unique legumes because, like meat and dairy products, they provide a complete protein with all nine amino acids essential for human health. They are cholesterol free and have less saturated fat and more fiber than animal foods.
It’s so easy to incorporate soyfoods into your daily diet. The Soyfoods Association recommends serving them along with traditional foods at first. You can make soy
smoothies or muffins for breakfast and soy burgers, salads with edamame or soy dressing, tofu chili, and even pizza with soyfood toppings for lunch or dinner. You can serve soups and desserts made with soyfoods, as well as snacks.
The options are endless with something for everyone.
Learn more at www.soyfoodsmonth.org.